Posted on 14. Jul, 2010 in News

Thousands of Toyota jobs will be sent overseas under a Baillieu-led government after the state Opposition signalled they would scrap the ongoing investment support to build Toyota Camry Hybrid cars in Victoria.

Mr Baillieu’s spokesman criticised the investment in a media release today saying Toyota’s investment and jobs created were a ‘failure’, indicating they will scrap assistance to Toyota.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Trade Jaala Pulford said Ted Baillieu was too weak to develop any plans to create any Victorian jobs anywhere in the state and had opposed every initiative by the Brumby Labor Government to create Victorian jobs during the Global Financial Crisis.

“These crucial jobs and manufacturing capabilities would have been lost to Thailand if the Brumby Labor Government hadn’t stepped in and helped Victoria secure Toyota’s Hybrid Camry,” Ms Pulford said.

“Bangkok workers will now be rejoicing about Mr Baillieu’s plan to cut support and pack up 3000 Victorian jobs and send them overseas.

“The Brumby Labor Government proudly helped Toyota to build its Hybrid Camry in Altona because it secured 3000 Victorian jobs and helped protect Victoria’s automotive supply chain during the worst of the Global Financial Crisis.

“It has also made Victoria the home of this hybrid technology that Toyota will use in future vehicles, securing local jobs well into the future.

“When the Global Financial Crisis hit we said we would work hard to save 35,000 Victorian jobs.  The ABS recently reported that we exceeded this target three times over, creating over 115,000 jobs last financial year.”

Ms Pulford said Mr Baillieu’s bizarre plan to send Victorian jobs to Thailand showed Victoria’s workers could not trust him with their jobs and Victoria’s economy.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong leadership is keeping our economy heading in the right direction and Victoria is generating more jobs than any other state,” Ms Pulford said.

“Unlike Ted Baillieu the Brumby Labor Government is taking the tough decisions and doing the hard work to create thousands of Victorian jobs across the state.

“The Opposition is again trying to be all things to all people – today also attacking the government for boosting our hybrid car fleet after the Opposition Leader in the Upper House, David Davis, called on us to increase our hybrid car fleet on 27 November last year.

“Mr Baillieu has never had to work a hard day in his life and he does not care about Victorian jobs. That’s why he opposes Victoria’s major events industry, new investment and jobs in renewable energy, and the channel deepening project which secures Victorian jobs and investment for the future.”

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